Chain of Command


For every fire there is only one boss, the Incident Commander (IC). Individual fire fighters get there orders from a crew leader who answers to someone higher up the chain of command, Know who your crew leader is and listen to them at all times. Never leave a work area without permission. If you are asked to perform a task that you are not trained to do, or feel you do not have the proper safety gear, or believe the task to be unsafe, inform your crew leader of the situation.



Before attacking any fire a complete size-up must be done to assess hazards and a comprehensive plan, including all safety considerations, must be established. The size-up should include such things as; fire rank, size, fuel type, slope, aspect, and weather conditions. The firefighter should be informed of these conditions before commencing work on the fire line.